Greater Washington Area Chapter Women Lawyers Division National Bar Association (GWAC)

GWAC is a network of African-American women attorneys dedicated to the professional development of its members. We are committed to improving the quality of life in the Greater Washington D.C. area through a variety of activities, including educational programs and community service projects.

2016 - 2017 President's Welcome Message
Alicia McNeal, Esq., President

Greetings, I am both humbled and excited to serve as GWAC's President for the 2016-2017 bar year.  Over the past forty years, GWAC has shaped the legal experience for African-American female attorneys in the Greater Washington DC area.  From fighting for equality to providing education and opportunity, GWAC has always had a positive impact in the legal community.  As more African-American female attorneys enter the profession, GWAC will continue to foster and sustain a viable presence in the legal profession by providing educational and networking opportunities to ensure their success.

The theme of this bar year will be, Expanding the GWAC Brand.  This initiative will be accomplished through various panel discussions, community service projects, leadership training and interactive events.  As African-American female attorneys, it is important to not only promote professional growth but also to assist younger generations of African-American female attorneys to grow and succeed within this profession. Moreover, GWAC will focus on promoting a work/life balance.  The practice of law is a highly stressful practice and I believe it is important to create and sustain a balance.  Throughout the bar year, GWAC will host artistic and fitness networking opportunities for our members, friends, and the Greater Washington DC area legal community.   

GWAC is an organization that stands at the forefront of change within the legal community and this new bar year will be no different.  Please take the time to peruse our website and learn more about our organization.  Look at our calendar of events for various activities that you can be a part of, and if you are not already a member, please visit our membership page and join today.  

Upcoming Events

Bingo Nights- Holiday Edition

December 10, 2016
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Washington Center for Aging Services
2601 18th St., N.E.,
Washington, DC 20018

final bingo of 2016

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Marketing Yourself for New Opportunities

December 15, 2016
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

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2017 Annual Networking Reception

January 26, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Bank of America Penthouse
730 15th St NW
Washington , DC 20005

Nominations are now open

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2017 Charlotte E. Ray Award Ceremony

February 23, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004


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NBA International Affiliates Meeting

May 07, 2017
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Two international cities

Dubai and India,

Incredible Dubai and India Destinations

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Award Nominations


2017 Networking Reception

GWAC's Networking Reception recognizes distinguished attorneys in the law firm, government, non-profit, and corporate sectors. If you would like to nominate a phenomenal female attorney in the Greater Washington area for an award for the 2017 Networking Reception, please complete the nomination form below by MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016.

2017 Networking Award Nomination Form



Charlotte E. Ray Award

GWAC and the GWAC Foundation, Inc. will hold their 29th annual Charlotte E. Ray Award ceremony on February 23, 2017.  Since 1989, GWAC and the GWAC Foundation, Inc. have annually recognized an outstanding African-American woman from the local bar in honor of Charlotte E. Ray, the first woman admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the first African-American woman certified as a lawyer in the United States.

The Charlotte E. Ray Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for its annual award. All nominations should be submitted by Friday, December 23, 2016 to the Committee Chair, Revetta Dixon at

Please click here for the Charlotte E. Ray nomination packet



Gavel for GoodTM Awards Reception and Silent Auction 

GWAC Foundation, Inc. is currently soliciting nominations for our 2nd Annual Gavel for GoodTM Awards.   During this year’s annual fundraiser we will recognize two members of the legal community that epitomize our mission to serve the community and the legal profession.

The Public Service Award recognizes an attorney that has committed to serving the needs of others.  This commitment can be in career or personal service. The Corporate Service Award recognizes an attorney who has made significant contributions in the corporate arena.  

Please use this link, Gavel for Good Award Nomination Form, to submit a name for consideration, or email Rashida Sims at


 Click here to view our year of activities and events



2016 Judicial Reception with Keynote Speaker 
The Honorable Denise Wilson-Taylor
hosted by Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.